The mission of the 182nd Airlift Wing is to provide airland and airdrop; command, control and communications; logistics; and support services for the nation, state and community.
The wing supports both the state of Illinois, the federal government and domestic operations by providing airland and airdrop capabilities. The unit also hosts the 182nd Air Support Operations Group, the 264th Combat Communications Squadron, and the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest - all of whom deploy overseas and within local communities to protect and serve the nation's citizens. Some of these missions include delivering humanitarian aid, aeromedical evacuation, tactical air control of aircraft, and fatality search and recovery.
The wing's total force Airmen have participated in countless missions, from Operation Jump Start to hurricane relief and more. Half of the unit's 36,000 flight mission hours since 9/11 have been dedicated to the support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Freedom Sentinel.
The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands.
Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, the United States Air Force is the best in the world.
The Secretary of the Air Force is Deborah Lee James, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force is Gen. David L. Goldfein, the Vice Chief of Staff is Gen. Stephen W. Wilson,and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is Chief Master Sgt. James A. Cody.